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Maria C. Mansella

Office Hours

Fall 2019

Monday - Thursday
or by appointment



Prof. Maria C. Mansella earned a Diploma of Maturità Magistrale (Elementary Education Certification) from the Istituto Vincenzo Gioberti, Sora (Frosinone), Italy.

Maria C. Mansella holds a BA Cum Laude from Rhode Island College in Secondary Education with a concentration in French and Italian, minor Portuguese and a Master in Arts from Middlebury College. Maria C. Mansella attended Brown University, URI and the Salamanca Summer Immersion Program in Spain. She has taught Bilingual Education-ESL, Italian, French and Spanish for several Rhode Island elementary and secondary schools, Rhode Island College, Providence College and Providence College/SCE.

Maria C. Mansella is a Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island where she teaches Italian and on occasion she taught French and Spanish. In addition, she is a special lecturer for Providence College School of Continuing Education.

Active in several professional associations, Maria C. Mansella served as President of RITI (Rhode Island Teachers of Italian) 2000-2004 and as a member of AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) she served on their AATI National Examination Committee. She was the Corresponding Secretary of RIFLA (Rhode Island World Language Association) and RITI Newsletter Co-Editor. Maria C. Mansella served as Vice President of C.A.S.IT.(Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane) an office of the Italian Consulate in Boston, 2000-2002, and she currently serves as C.A.S.IT Board Member. She is an active member of AATI, RIFLA, RITI, IAHSRI (Italian American Historical Society of Rhode Island), the Renaissance-Alliance Lodge-Sons of Italy, October Heritage Month Committee and NOIAW (National Organization Italian American Women).

Maria C. Mansella presented several foreign language workshops at the local and state levels. Maria C. Mansella organizes and directs the CCRI Summer Travel/Study Program in Orvieto, Italy.


For Course Search Fall 2019 (Please click here) 

ITAL-1000 - Basic Spoken Italian
ITAL-1010 - Elementary Italian I
ITAL-1020 - Elementary Italian II
ITAL-1510 - Conversational Italian I
ITAL-1520 - Conversational Italian II
ITAL-1900 - The Italian Heritage
ITAL-1910 - Italian Culture-Cuisine
ITAL-1950 - Italian for Business and Travel
ITAL-2010 - Intermediate Italian I
ITAL-2020 - Intermediate Italian II
ITAL-2210 - Italian Conversation and Composition I
ITAL-2220 - Italian Conversation and Composition II

Awards & Honors

  • NOIAW AWARD (National Organization Italian American Woman), January 20, 2019
  • The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee Award
    Dr. Renato Leonelli Resource Award, 2017                                                          
  • AATI (American Association Teachers of Italian) International Conference, Siena, Italy, 2015
  • Italian Culture Ambassador, X Anniversario, Orvieto, Italy, 2012
  • The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee Award
    Dr. Renato Leonelli Resource Award, 2012
  • Maria C. Mansella Merit Award, 2011
  • The US Army 197th Fires Brigade CCRI Italian Club Award, 2011
  • AATI Professional Development Fellowship
    Fondazione San Vigilio, Ossana (Trento), Italy, 2009
  • Associazione Carabinieri C. Ugolini, Terni-Orvieto, Italy, 2007
  • The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee Award
    Dr. Renato Leonelli Resource Award, 2007
  • RIFLA Teacher of the Year Award, 2005
  • Honorary Inductee Eta Lambda Award - Alpha Sigma Lambda 
    Providence CollegeSchool of Continuing Education, 2004
  • NISOD Teaching and Leadership Excellence Award, 2003
    (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development)
  • The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee Award
    Dr. Renato Leonelli Resource Award, 2002
  • AATI (American Association Teachers of Italian) Professional Development Fellowship
    Siena, Italy, 1997
  • The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee Award
    Dr. Renato Leonelli Resource Award, 1997
  • RIFLA Mary Borra Award, 1996
  • CCRI Teacher of the Month, Spring 1995
  • RIFLA Novice Teacher Award Northeast Conference, 1994
  • URI Immersion Program Salamanca, Spain, 1994

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